Will Aaron Jones be a top 10 running back in fantasy football this season?
According to Fantasy Pros, Jones finished the season second among all running backs in PPR scoring with 314.8 points. He averaged almost 20 points per game.
But should Jones be considered a top-10 back entering the 2020 season?
Packers drafting AJ Dillon doesn’t help Aaron Jones
As Jones has shown throughout his career, talent isn’t an issue. When given an opportunity, he can dominate.
The biggest concern entering 2020 is how his role could change in the Packers offense after the team drafted AJ Dillon in the second round.
The arrival of Dillon needs to be factored in when considering where to draft Jones. That’s exactly what Ben Grivas of FanSided has done in his 2020 fantasy running back rankings. Grivas still has Jones as an RB1 and ranked 10th, but Dillon could prevent him from being a top-five running back again this season.
While Dillon could complicate things in the Packers’ backfield, Grivas notes that “Jones is still the starting running back on a good offense”, which is absolutely right.
Yes, Jones shouldn’t be selected with one of the first picks of the draft, but he’s still going to have a featured role in Green Bay’s offense this season. It’s also possible his role won’t change at all, and that Dillon could take snaps away from Jamaal Williams instead.
It’s also important to note that Jones scored 19 total touchdowns in the regular season. Achieving that number again would be difficult even if the Packers hadn’t drafted Dillon. Now that they have, it’s possible the rookie running back will get some opportunities on the goal line which would’ve gone to Jones in 2019.
While there is some risk drafting Jones early, he still has a great chance to finish as a top-10 running back in 2020.